Alien Swarm - Battle Music Choices

Posted by EternalDarkWing (66 posts) -

I was already thoroughly enjoying Alien Swarm by playing it the way that the developers intended it to be played, music and all. Soon enough though, my roommate pointed out to me that there was an option in-game to choose your own battle music. I was immediately blown away that they would include something like this in the game. I hadn't bothered to go digging around in the audio options menu, so I probably wouldn't have found it at all, or at least not any time soon. At the time of this discovery, I had yet to complete the Jacob's Rest campaign, so I wanted the music I was going to add to contribute significantly to the overall atmosphere of the game. Not wanting to go through too much effort, I decided to go digging around in some of the video game soundtracks I already had on my computer and add some grim, ominous songs to create some more tension. What I have listed below is what I currently have in the game.
 

Track Listing

BioShock -  Steinman ( Listen
BioShock - The Dash ( Listen)
BioShock - The Engine City ( Listen)
Halo: Combat Evolved - Devils... Monsters... ( Listen)
Halo 2 - Ancient Machine ( Listen
Halo 3 - Gravemind ( Listen)
Mass Effect 2 - The Normandy Attacked ( Listen)
Mass Effect 2 - An Unknown Enemy ( Listen)
 
Some of the songs have a little calm bits in the beginning, but they pick up about half a minute into each. My personal favorite has to be 'Steinman', as it almost immediately opens up with an attack of orchestral disorder. This lends itself extremely well to some of the nerve-racking moments found in the game. Lately I've been debating whether or not I feel like switching my battle music to things that are a little more action packed, since I've played through the campaign multiple times already. I am curious as to whether or not anybody else has used this feature to enhance the gameplay experience, and if so, what your track list consists of.
#1 Posted by EternalDarkWing (66 posts) -

I was already thoroughly enjoying Alien Swarm by playing it the way that the developers intended it to be played, music and all. Soon enough though, my roommate pointed out to me that there was an option in-game to choose your own battle music. I was immediately blown away that they would include something like this in the game. I hadn't bothered to go digging around in the audio options menu, so I probably wouldn't have found it at all, or at least not any time soon. At the time of this discovery, I had yet to complete the Jacob's Rest campaign, so I wanted the music I was going to add to contribute significantly to the overall atmosphere of the game. Not wanting to go through too much effort, I decided to go digging around in some of the video game soundtracks I already had on my computer and add some grim, ominous songs to create some more tension. What I have listed below is what I currently have in the game.
 

Track Listing

BioShock -  Steinman ( Listen
BioShock - The Dash ( Listen)
BioShock - The Engine City ( Listen)
Halo: Combat Evolved - Devils... Monsters... ( Listen)
Halo 2 - Ancient Machine ( Listen
Halo 3 - Gravemind ( Listen)
Mass Effect 2 - The Normandy Attacked ( Listen)
Mass Effect 2 - An Unknown Enemy ( Listen)
 
Some of the songs have a little calm bits in the beginning, but they pick up about half a minute into each. My personal favorite has to be 'Steinman', as it almost immediately opens up with an attack of orchestral disorder. This lends itself extremely well to some of the nerve-racking moments found in the game. Lately I've been debating whether or not I feel like switching my battle music to things that are a little more action packed, since I've played through the campaign multiple times already. I am curious as to whether or not anybody else has used this feature to enhance the gameplay experience, and if so, what your track list consists of.
#2 Posted by Tordah (2487 posts) -

This is a pretty cool feature. I use Blotted Science - Night Terror right now. Being an instrumental track and pretty alien sounding, it's perfect for Alien Swarm. It starts off creepy so you know something bad is about to happen, and then unleashes the chaos (while continuing to be creepy throughout).

 

#3 Posted by Darksaw (315 posts) -

  How could you use anything else?

#4 Posted by ThePwnee (234 posts) -

Dammit, I still can't get the music thing to work. Can someone please explain it to me? It's like I add the music, but it doesn't ever activate, even in offline practice. What gives?

#5 Posted by EternalDarkWing (66 posts) -
@ThePwnee said:
" Dammit, I still can't get the music thing to work. Can someone please explain it to me? It's like I add the music, but it doesn't ever activate, even in offline practice. What gives? "
I had the same problem for a long time, and then one day it just started working. I tried posting about it on the Steam forums, but nobody bothered to reply or help out. My best advice is to just give it time I suppose. It's a weird glitch that I'm not sure there is actually a solution for yet.
#6 Posted by Zidane_24 (740 posts) -

I'm currently using Welcome Home, by Coheed and Cambria.  
 
Alternatively: Yakety Sax.
#7 Posted by Chuggsy (556 posts) -

I prefer this: 
 

#8 Edited by gosukiller (2325 posts) -

Queen - Under Pressure
Dragonforce - Through the Fire and Flames
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Metallica - Frantic (Fits the most in my opinion.)
Foo Fighters - Pretender
 
@Chuggsy:
You just blew my mind!
Right click to GALACTIC PUNT.

#9 Posted by ajamafalous (12156 posts) -

I use this:
 
 

Lol, just kidding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I actually use this:
 
 
#10 Posted by ThePwnee (234 posts) -
@EternalDarkWing said:
" @ThePwnee said:
" Dammit, I still can't get the music thing to work. Can someone please explain it to me? It's like I add the music, but it doesn't ever activate, even in offline practice. What gives? "
I had the same problem for a long time, and then one day it just started working. I tried posting about it on the Steam forums, but nobody bothered to reply or help out. My best advice is to just give it time I suppose. It's a weird glitch that I'm not sure there is actually a solution for yet. "
Well at least I know it's not just me. Hopefully they'll patch it in the future, because I really want to check out this feature.
#11 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

not to sound like a metal elitist but i find Metal to be the best actiony music, especially for such a movie-action oriented game (all the bullet time sequences n stuff) 
 
I wont recommend anything, but i think the first band to come to mind is Rage Against the Machine.. thats why they used their music for The Matrix movies

#12 Posted by Finscher (146 posts) -

I've tried a bunch of different songs from different genres, but for some reason or another, Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood is perhaps the most amusing fit while still being vaguely appropriate.

#13 Posted by Dpower94 (233 posts) -

  

#14 Edited by PureRok (4236 posts) -

I use some of The Black Mages battle music remixes, but now I have some new stuff to put in thanks to this thread (Starship Troopers and P4... I don't know why I didn't think of those.).
 
Edit: These are the two I use at the moment.
 
 

  
 
 

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